With two rivers plus some still water fishing opportunities, the area provides angling opportunities to suit all levels of experience. While both rivers run through largely agricultural land, there are many areas where this is not particularly evident on the river bank with otters, water voles and a rich variety of bird life often being sighted.
The salmon fishing season on both the Deveron and Ythan runs from 11 February to 31 October. Although the seasonal runs, particularly in the spring, are much reduced from those experienced in earlier times, opportunities for good angling in secluded rural surroundings can still be found in the Turriff and District area
The Deveron is the larger of the two rivers and superb brown trout fishing can be enjoyed, particularly during April and May, with many fish around 5 to 6 lb. being caught each season while lesser fish between 1 and 3 lb. are not uncommon.
From around the middle of May through to August sea trout move into the river, commonly these are about 3 lb. in weight but specimens of up to 7 lb. are not unusual.
The spring run yields up to 90 fish before the beginning of June. During July grilse start to run and this often continues to through to merge with the ‘back end’ salmon run. In this late run fish exceeding 30 lb. weight can be landed although the chances of beating the 61 lb. all time record for the Deveron, (and the British Isles) on a fly, sadly, is unlikely. The total annual salmon catch is normally about 2,000.
The Ythan is a relatively small river with proportionally smaller runs of fish although the seasonality is similar to that on the Deveron.
Fishing lets on the Deveron, can be arranged through: Turriff Tackle & Trophies,
6 Castle Street, Turriff.
Phone/Fax: 01888 562428
From February to May daily tickets are available for 32 rods on up to ten beats. From May onwards, the water is usually well booked on a weekly basis but daily rods are available on several private beats. To encourage young anglers a beat can be offered where the child goes for free on purchase of an adult daily permit. Due to cancellations opportunities for weekly fishing may be available at short notice, to check on possibilities contact as above.
Fishing on the Ythan – Fyvie Angling Club water – Permits can be obtained from: Alldays, Fyvie Tel: 01651 891209
In the immediate area still water fishing is available on small, stocked lochs at Hatton (off the A947 some 2 k south of Turriff) and Seggat (off the A947 about 3 K north of Fyvie).
The Hatton water is available to guests at the castle, Tel: 01888 562279.
Seggat is mainly a weekend fishery but also opens at other times during holiday periods. For information on other still water fisheries around the area,www.fishingthefly.co.uk is a good starting point.
During the early part of the season ( Feb to May ) we are able to offer fishing on a daily ticket basis on several beats on the middle to lower river Deveron From May onwards fishing is on a weekly basis for most beats, but we are again able to offer daily tickets on some private beats. The beats generally available early season are:- Avochie,Euchries,Turriff Association, Dunlugas,Upper and Lower Mountblairy, Scatterty, Montcoffer and Wrack fishings.
Prices start at £10 per rod per day rising to £20 in May. From June onwards weekly tickets are available with or without accommodation on some of the above beats. To encourage youngsters we can offer a beat where if an adult purchases a ticket the children go free.
Further details can be found on our website http://www.fishingthedeveron.co.uk
or contact Mr Frank Henderson at the
Turriff Tackle and Trophy Shop,
TURRIFF AB53 4BJ
Tel: 01888 562428
Delgaty castle Trout fishery
Delgatie Castle Trout Fishery offers fly fishing from boat or bank, set in tranquil location. The loch covers 4 acres and is well stocked with Rainbow Trout which range from 1.5lb to well into double figures. There is also a good head of Brown Trout.
Full Day, £20 Keep 3 Fish + C & R;
Half day 5 hours, £15 Keep 2 Fish + C & R.
Any 2 hours, £10 Keep 1 Fish + C & R;
Full Day, £12 Catch & Release;
Half Day 5 Hours, £8 Catch & Release
Open Daily from 8a.m. until dusk (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Facilities include heated hut, free tea and coffee, toilet and car park.
For further information please contact:
Brian Arnold, Mob: 07795 593922
Delgatie Castle, Delgatie, Turriff AB53 5TD
Just off the A947, Turriff to Banff road